Although I live in the northeast and ski about 1/2 of my days in the region each season, I don't do icy groomers much. Don't like them, can't do them well. One is the cause of the other, or vice versa.
The only way I can avoid skiing icy groomers much is to time my local skiing to days after storms, or late in the season when snow are softer. As a result, I ski slushy snow A LOT!
Between soft groomer and slush, I tried to find "less hard" snow either in bumps or trees. Usually bumps first when it's still soft, then trees when the bumps got too hard.
When I go outside the northeast, I ski whatever there is. That can range from hardpack to powder. While I prefer powder (who doesn't?) either in the open or in the trees, I will cruise the groomer as long as it's not really HARD packed.
To sum it up, combining east and west, in terms of days/hours, it's (vary from year to year depending on my luck):
Soft un-groomed snow (from fluffy powder to wet cement): 50~70%
Slush: 20~30% (when applicable)
Soft groomer: 20~30%
Hardpack groomer: 10~20%
Icy groomer (when I have to use it to get around the mountain): 5~10%
Edited by at_nyc - Wed, 04 Feb 09 16:18:46 GMT
Edited by at_nyc - Wed, 04 Feb 09 16:18:24 GMT